Johanna Schiavoni

Johanna Schiavoni

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in San Diego, CA

Law Office of Johanna S. Schiavoni
 | 3170 Fourth Avenue, Suite 250
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: 619-269-4046
Fax: 858-762-4601
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate (80%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

The Law Office of Johanna S. Schiavoni is a boutique law firm specializing in appeals and writs.  The firm offers its clients “big firm” talent and experience in a “small firm” setting.

Johanna Schiavoni is an experienced litigator and appellate attorney.  She is committed to providing her clients with unique insight and exceptional appellate advocacy.

Johanna’s prior experience includes clerking for judges on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, and litigating appeals and trials at large and small law firms in New York and San Diego.  Johanna’s clients have included Fortune 100 companies, closely held companies, small businesses and individuals.

Johanna’s legal counsel also is guided by her experience as a small business owner, co-founder of a non-profit corporation, and member of several boards of directors for large and small organizations.  She understands clients’ needs for strategic thinking and a holistic approach to legal and business matters, and will work seamlessly with client teams to achieve outstanding results.

Johanna launched this boutique appellate firm to provide clients with a focused approach to their appellate litigation and strategic counseling needs.  She handles each matter with a fresh analytical perspective, stellar brief writing, experienced oral advocacy, and devotion to meeting her client’s needs.

Certificates and Credentials

California Board of Legal Specialization

About Johanna Schiavoni

Admitted: 2007, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Johanna was selected as the 2014 recipient of the San Diego County Bar Association's prestigious Community Service Award, from more than 11,000 members of the SDCBA.  The award recognized Johanna's consistent service to and leadership in San Diego's legal and nonprofit community., Community Service Award, San Diego County Bar Association, 2014
  • Johanna was selected as a finalist for San Diego Magazine's 2013 "Women Who Move the City" award, in recognition of her contributions to San Diego's legal and business community. , Women Who Move the City, San Diego Magazine, 2013
  • Johanna has been recognized several times by the State Bar of California with its Manuel W. Wiley Award for Pro Bono Service for donating more than 50 hours of pro bono legal services to indigent clients., Manuel W. Wiley Award for Pro Bono Service , State Bar of California, 2011
  • Johanna co-organized a September 2010 program entitled “Pipeline to Leadership: Securing Spots on Boards and Commissions," while serving as Co-Chair of the Leadership Development Committee for the Lawyers Club of San Diego. The program was honored with a national “Outstanding Program” Award from the National Conference of Women Bar Associations., “Outstanding Program” Award to Lawyers Club of San Diego for “Pipeline to Leadership: Securing Spots on Boards and Commissions”, National Conference of Women Bar Associations, 2011
  • Johanna received SD METRO Magazine's prestigious "40 Under 40" Award for “High Achievement in Business and Civic Affairs for her achievements in the legal profession in addition to her service to numerous nonprofit and professional organizations in San Diego., "40 Under 40” Award for “High Achievement in Business and Civic Affairs”, SD METRO Magazine, 2011
  • Johanna was recognized by the San Diego County Bar Association for her work in donating more than 50 hours of pro bono legal services., "Bar Star" Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, San Diego County Bar Association, 2009

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Johanna is a Certified Appellate Specialist by the The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Lawyers Club of San Diego, past President Johanna served as President of Lawyers Club of San Diego from 2013-2014.  Lawyers Club is the second largest bar association in San Diego County, and has as its mission "to advance the status of women in the law and in society."  As President, Johanna led the organization to its largest expansion and highest membership levels in the organization's 42-year history, reaching nearly 1300 members.  Johanna also presided over the organization's 2014 annual dinner, featuring keynote speaker Hon. Sandra Day O'Connor (ret), the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Before taking the reigns as President, Johanna served Lawyers Club as Vice President of Public Relations (2012-2013), Director (2010-2012), Chair – Judicial Elections Endorsements Committee (2012-2013); Chair –Equality Committee (2011-2012); Co-Chair – Leadership Development Committee (2010-2012)., 2010
  • Appellate Court Committee, San Diego County Bar AssociationJohanna served in several leadership roles with the ACC —as Civil Rules Subcommittee Chair in 2010 and Programs Chair in 2011.  She particularly enjoyed working with the Court of Appeal and Committee to put on continuing education programs, including:  “Ethical Issues for the Appellate Practitioner” and “Motion Practice on Appeal and the Appellate Remedy.”  , 2010
  • American Constiution Society, San Diego Lawyer Chapter, Board MemberAs a Board member of the American Constitution Society's San Diego Lawyer Chapter from 2009-2012, Johanna helped launch the San Diego Lawyer Chapter and organized professional programs including "Obama and the Courts: Judicial Appointments in the Obama Administration.", 2009

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • San Diego Leadership Alliance, Co-Director, Board of Directors Johanna was elected to serve a fourth term as Co-Director of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Leadership Alliance in July 2014. She also served as SDLA's Institute Chair in 2011, responsible for organizing the New Leaders Council Institute in San Diego. Johanna participated in the the six-month leadership training program as an NLC Fellow in 2010., 2010
  • Women Give San Diego, Founding MemberIn 2009, Johanna became a Founding Member of Women Give San Diego, a donor circle whose mission it is to advocate for the economic self-sufficiency and security of low-income women and girls in San Diego County. Since 2012, Johanna has served as the Co-Chair of the Advocacy Leadership Team of WGSD., 2009
  • La Jolla Music Society Board Member, Founding Member Allegro Society Since September 2010, Johanna has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the La Jolla Music Society. Johanna was a Founding Member of the Allegro Society--the young professionals organization of the La Jolla Music Society.
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Office Location for Johanna Schiavoni

3170 Fourth Avenue
Suite 250
San Diego, CA 92103

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Last Updated: 10/25/2019

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